NEWPORT NEWS Newport News City Public Schools wants students to help stop bullying.

All the city high schools now have an anti-bullying helpline and there are plans to expand it to middle schools.

It's a 24/7 hotline to report bullying that students or parents can use and leave tips anonymously.

An administrator is notified and an investigation is launched.

So far, 15 voice mails have been left this school year.

The number is 283-7786.

Hampton Public Schools says it's had had a crisis hotline for years.

Virginia Beach and Suffolk encourage students and parents to report incidents of bullying to a teacher, school staff member or administrator with whom they feel comfortable.

Portsmouth Schools says there are individual procedures to address bullying behaviors in the Code of Student conduct.

January is Virginia School Board Bullying awareness/prevention month.

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